"The White Rim Trail is definitely worth doing, but it isn't my favorite trail. The scenery is good, but the ride is just so long that it kind of gets boring after a while. The worst part was the bumpy sandstone late in the day." I feel exactly the same way. I will ride it again with someone who hasn't ridden it before but that's it. I'm not sure why they did the permit thing or at least in my opinion why. We passed many many groups of Mountain Biking Tour Groups with their support van's or trucks but only 2-3 other motorcycles (not groups) going in the opposite direction of us and about a 1/2 dozen or so jeeps. That was it. I don't remember but it seems like we were required to ride the WRT in one day unless we got a camping permit or something. I would have loved to stop for the night at one of the campgrounds instead of riding it in one day. I'm guessing they (BLM or whoever) have done the permit thing to keep the campgrounds open for the Mountain Bikers use. Otherwise, in my opinion traffic or the amount of traffic was not an issue whatsoever. Spring 2017 a group I was with rode WRT and went counter-clockwise as well. There was 12-14 of us, can't remember and we had to break up into groups of 2 or 3 separated by 30 minutes I think. Well, we may have started that way but it's hard to know your distance between groups once all are on the move. We were told it could be very silty with the talcum powder dust along the river before Hardscrabble. Thinking to get the puffy dust out of the way early was our thinking. The trail was rutty but no dust to speak of so I think the talcum powder is a myth lol. We all met up at Hogback for lunch and again at Lathrup Canyon. Lathrup Canyon was my most favorite part but I know riding in sand is not for everyone. I don't mind and it was actually quite firm on the day we rode it. Dry but firm. None of the groups rode Taylor Canyon and to tell the truth, I don't even remember a turn off but obviously it's there. Some rode down to the White Crack but those of us further behind didn't know the leaders turned off and we kept going. Evidently, the leading groups were riding much faster than the groups in the rear as they caught up to us before Lathrup.